Welcome to the
Capital Area Health Alliance!


The Capital Area Health Alliance was founded in 1994 as a coalition of organizations, businesses, health care professionals, and volunteers from Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties to advocate for community health and for improvements in quality, cost, and access to health care resources in the tri-county area. The voluntary efforts of these partners has enabled the Alliance’s many accomplishments, such as:

  • An Antibiotic Misuse Campaign that increased awareness of the harm that can be caused by abuse of antibiotics and resulted in a decrease in over utilization
  • Community Briefings that provide a snapshot of the status of health care in the capital area
  • An Access to Health initiative, that has been a catalyst for developing community centers and health organizations that have served thousands of capital area residents.
  • A Nursing Network that has highlighted nursing practice and workforce issues and greatly expanded the available teaching and learning opportunities for nursing students, hospitals, and universities through grants secured by the Alliance.
  • The Oral Health Committee, which enabled hundreds of area citizens to receive needed dental care by combining a grant from the American Dental Association with the donated services of dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants
  • A Healthy Lifestyles initiative that has launched successful campaigns dealing with diet and exercise, alcohol abuse, childhood obesity, and workplace wellness
  • The Mental Health Partnership Council which advocates for availability and equality of care, and the elimination of stigma for mental health patients
  • The Capital Area Physician Experience which is working to recruit and retain physicians to offset current and projected physician shortages

Alliance development of the Capital Area Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) has put the Capital Area at the forefront of Health Information Exchange. After four years of planning and implementation work and the procurement of more than $2,000,000 in startup funding, the Alliance this year launched the RHIO as an independent organization. Once deployed, the RHIO will result in new medical information efficiencies and accuracy that will increase health care quality, promote safety, save system costs, and save lives. It is the first functioning RHIO in Michigan’s lower peninsula and will offer clinical data exchange and electronic prescribing in accordance with national goals to have a patient’s complete health record securely and electronically available.

Every year the Alliance has the honor of recognizing the leadership and commitment of area citizens in Community Service Awards, Nursing Excellence Award and Certificates of Appreciation to individuals and organizations that helped to further the mission, goals, and values of the Alliance. In the future there will be many opportunities for further program development, If you would like more information about the Alliance, to be placed on our mailing list, or to become a member, please contact us at 517-347-3377 or CAHealthAlliance@AOL.com. Please consider a contribution you can make to the health of our community.


“During the last 15 years, the Alliance has been at the forefront of addressing the important issues of the day—always aligning those efforts with the overarching goal of creating a healthier Capital Area for future years and generations to come. The alliance is no newcomer when it comes to serving as a leader in the Capital Area. Through initiatives such as the Capital Area Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO), the alliance is leading the way in Michigan—and even the nation.”

—Janet Olszewski, Past Director, Michigan Department of Community Health